Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nikbeats at the Green Jazz Fest 2010

Here we are playing the Green Jazz Fest at the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego, beginning of summer 2010. This is the first Environmental Awareness and Recycling event held here, next to Seaport Village so we had a lot of jazz lovers and tourists attending. Thanks to Smooth Jazz 98.1,  Recon Recycling, and the Unified Port of San Diego for inviting us. Diana McCaskill at Recon did a great job organizing a really unique event, and Greg McKinney set up a nice sound system for us in the middle of a park!

Max & Max - Guitars
Alex - Jazz Guitar Supreme
Declan - Drums of Unlimited Power
Valentine - Beatnik Bongos and Vocals

Welcome to the Green Jazz Fest!

Bossa Dorado - First song of the whole festival. I play the first chord! Alex at the corner of the stage is entering a 7th degree deep meditative state in preparing himself for his song. He is a High Master of The Zen School of Transcendental Jazz.

Night and Day - Valentine and Alex practiced this together for the first time 15 minutes before our set began!

And check out Declan's perfect jazz drumming here, it carries the song and is always working perfectly with the mood...

Summertime - One of our favorites, probably because we just got out of school.

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp - There is always room for Zeppelin.

Red River Blues - Our set closer - from the applause we finally realized people enjoyed our funk more than our jazz! We play the music, but again, Declan's drums direct and anticipate exactly where we're going.

Is Declan psychic? Are all drummers mind-readers????

Hey Joe - We were worried we would be kicked offstage for not playing "REAL JAZZ".

Wait for Declan's opening beat, he comes in right on the money, honey....

Stay "tuned" for the next exciting adventure of Varsity Strings!

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